Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool and Raheem Sterling to act like men

Raheem Sterling

The forward is seemingly trying to force a move away from Anfield, and the former Reds captain is not happy.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has told Raheem Sterling and the club to start acting like men.

The England youngster looks set to leave Anfield this summer after months of speculation about his future, which came about from his failure to agree a new deal despite months of contract negotiations.

That has this week culminated in the player failing to turn up for Liverpool training, citing illness as the cause - as reported by the Guardian, among others - while there have also been rumours that he is refusing to go on tour with the side.

Both of those actions have angered former skipper Gerrard, and he says Sterling and Liverpool need to take a more mature approach to the situation.

“I’m not happy with all that carry-on and I don’t think there’s any need for it,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“They all need to be men about the situation. Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan himself, tell them what he wants and go about it that way. You don’t have to throw illnesses in and refuse to go on tour.”

Sterling may be scaring off suitors

The best situation for Sterling may indeed be for him to put in a transfer request so as to speed up a move away from the club.

The games he is being accused of so far are not likely to do him any favours, with potential suitors surely watching the situation and fearing the type of player they may be getting should they make a move.

Acting like a model professional and coming to an agreement with Liverpool would suit both parties, although so far the Reds have looked unwilling to sanction a sale for their player.

One thing that is certain is that this transfer story looks set to rumble on for some time yet.

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